Andover threshing show called off, Frontier Days and German Fest still on
Organizers of Andover’s James Valley Threshing Show have decided, amid COVID-19 concerns, to call off this year’s event while organizers for Waubay’s Frontier Days and Webster’s Germanfest will proceed.
According to the James Valley Threshermen’s Association secretary-treasurer Charlene Voss, the board decided late last month to call off the 46th annual event and postpone any activities until at least 2021. The event would have been held Sept. 11-13.
“We’re hoping to have a regular show next year,” Voss said. She added they called the show off “because of the COVID-19 situation and people come from out-of-state. We do get people from just about every state, so that was why we decided to cancel this year.”
Voss said the planned tractor feature and the honoring of the Donaldson family will be postponed until the 2021 show which will be Sept. 10-12 if they are able to hold it then, she said.
According to one event organizer and volunteer, the Frontier Days in Waubay is still a go. Abby Nible said there will be activity Aug. 28-29.
Team Roping will be at 6 p.m. on the 28th and the youth ranch rodeo will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 with a ranch rodeo at 5 p.m. that evening.
As of now, Webster’s German Fest is still a go although organizers say there will be changes and the event is subject to changes at anytime. Currently, German Fest is scheduled for Sept. 26. More information will be coming.
John Suhr, Webster-Dewangan Germany club volunteer and one of the event organizers, said there will be a number of changes in this year’s schedule from how the meal is served to the length of time of the event and even the location; many activities are being planned to be held outdoors.
The meal, Suhr said will be served in to-go containers.
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